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Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Matt Walsh, And Tony Hale On "Veep"

By: Donna Freydkin

As second banana-turned-president, Selina Meyer is a fount of foulness on "Veep." Four-letter words spew from her mouth with the force of an erupting volcano. And yes, her Emmy-winning, critically acclaimed character has left an impact on Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Who, for the record, is the antithesis of the egocentric, deliriously-driven, completely unself-aware Meyer.

"I myself am I a big swearer in life. My swearing has gone up to another level," says Louis-Dreyfus. "I swear a lot."

Meyer certainly has plenty to moan about on the fifth season of the HBO series, which returns Sunday. There's an explosive skin condition, for starters. But most importantly, there's the tenuousness of her new position as president. Will she remain in the Oval Office, pending the election results that resulted in a season four cliffhanger, or get the boot? For Louis-Dreyfus, Meyer's journey through the underbelly of politics is its own prize, regardless of where she winds up. When asked about the best part of headlining "Veep" for five years, the actress doesn't hesitate.

"I would say the most rewarding has been having -- it's a boring answer, but has been being able to work with this ensemble. I really love those guys. And to do it successfully has been very satisfying," says Louis-Dreyfus.

She's narcissistic and self-involved as ever, and surrounded by her retinue of enablers: Tony Hale as her hangdog assistant and Matt Walsh as her communications director. This season, though, you learn more of Meyer's backstory. No, Louis-Dreyfus sees absolutely nothing of herself in Meyer. And aside from curse words, not much of Meyer has rubbed off on her.

"I hope not. I hope not. I don't know what to say. There's nothing about her I admire but I sympathize with her," says Louis-Dreyfus. "I don't hate her."

The show now shoots in Los Angeles, after four years in Baltimore. The cast has only gelled over the years.

"The difference between when we shot the pilot and today -- we've had a lot of time together on this island. A lot of bonding. Everyone is away from their family. We spent a lot of time together living and breathing the show. It's teamwork that's paid off," she says.

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SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 6 -- Pictured: (l-r) Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Daria, Robert Blake, Eddie Murphy as Buckwheat during the monologue on November 13, 1982 -- Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Julia Louis-Dreyfus as April May June, Brad Hall as Pastor Doug during the 'PTC Club' skit on September 25, 1982 -- Photo by: Al Levine/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1 -- Pictured: Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Martha during the 'Calvin Klein Cream Pies' skit on October 8, 1983 -- (Photo by: Alan Singer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 11 -- Pictured: (l-r) Gary Kroeger as Rory, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Becky during the 'El Dorko' skit on January 28, 1984 -- Photo by: Reggie Lewis/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
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SEINFELD -- 'The Hot Tub' Episode 5 -- Pictured: (l-r)Jerry Seinfeld as himself, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes, Jeremiah Birkett as Jean-Paul (Photo by Barry Slobin/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SEINFELD -- Season 3 -- Pictured: Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30: Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus arrives at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
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